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What Belongs In a High School Sci-Fi/Fantasy Lit Class?

emeiji When I was in high school (1021 comments)

we read a few sci-fi titles along with the Shakespeare and the usual lit picks -- Flowers for Algernon, The Chrysalids, The Handmaid's Tale, 1984, Fahrenheit 451. It was in high school that I first fell in love with science fiction, and I owe it entirely to the enthusiasm of my grade 9 English teacher. Thanks, Mr. V.

more than 5 years ago

Games Fail To Portray Gender and Ethnic Diversity

emeiji Re:Why does this matter? (590 comments)

Of course people care. If you are part of the white majority, you are probably never going to get this, but as a visible minority it is almost a *relief* when you see people who looks like you portrayed in the media. Not that we can't relate to white people and white characters, but there is still a little something missing -- for me, anyway. When I was younger and Asian people were hardly ever seen on TV, we'd yell when we'd spotted one, and the entire family would come running. Doesn't matter what it was, a commercial or whatever. Hell, I watched more of Star Trek: Voyager than I otherwise would have had Harry Kim not been Asian.

more than 5 years ago

Are Women Getting More Beautiful?

emeiji Re:Each sex is defined by the needs of the other (834 comments)

The reason why the *overall* average shows women getting less is because there are simply fewer women willing to do high-paid jobs like programming, or dangerous high-pay jobs like living on an oil rig.

...or that the jobs that women traditionally do (teaching, nursing, etc) are valued a lot less by society. I never could understand why teachers are treated like crap in North America.

more than 5 years ago

26 Years Old and Can't Write In Cursive

emeiji Re:Because its a useles skill (921 comments)

In fact, I can't actually remember the last time I saw a signature that was anything even remotely approaching legible. Distinctness is all that really matters.

My mom has a great signature -- very distinctive, consistent, and done quickly in one fluid motion. It is *really* hard to get just right, though I can get close. My dad's is dead easy to forge, especially since my writing is similar to his in the first place. So I spent a lot of time developing my own handwriting and signature when I was young, determined that noone would be able to forge mine too easily. All that practice meant my forgery skills were in demand in school when other kids couldn't fake a parent's note or signature.

Also: Apparently fancy private schools in the Philippines all teach their own distinctive kind of writing, so if you're in the know, you can tell where someone went to school just from their writing (and judge appropriately).

more than 5 years ago

Toyota Demonstrates Brain Control of Wheelchair

emeiji dreaming? (107 comments)

What if you fell asleep in the chair and dreamt you were moving around?

more than 5 years ago

Does the Wii Provide A "Watered-Down" Game Experience?

emeiji Re:does an iphone.... (582 comments)

Well, let's not get snooty about what is and isn't a toy -- they're ALL toys. The only difference between the Wii and any comparable system is the Wiimote. If you plug in the GameCube controllers does it suddenly become a serious machine?

more than 5 years ago

One Fifth of World's Population Can't See Milky Way At Night

emeiji Re:Milky Way, hell... (612 comments)

what? Around here they turn off the lights during migratory season exactly to avoid birds slamming into buildings. http://www.flap.org/

more than 5 years ago

Hospital Turns Away Ambulances When Computers Go Down

emeiji Re:Most records are worthless anyway (406 comments)

AND we're clogging the same system with trivial shit (of interest to archeologists, but worthless otherwise).

..of which there will be tons of, thanks to the Diaper Genie. It makes me laugh, thinking of the first archeologist who will happen upon these sausages of poop.

more than 5 years ago

Copyright Lobby Targets "Pirate Bay For Books"

emeiji Re:Who needs to hunt down textbooks in Finland? (356 comments)

When I was in school, that Sedra & Smith text cost me some $120 CAD from my campus bookstore. However there were a bunch of enterprising students who'd sell softcover versions of that same textbook that they'd buy in Hong Kong for about $20.

more than 5 years ago


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